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DENMARK -- Voorhees College recently inducted five new members into the Hall of Fame during the 15th annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.

Inductees were:

  • Elizabeth Pressley Orr, a native of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, graduated from Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1968. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a certificate in gifted education from the University of Connecticut.

During her time at Voorhees, Orr was a member of the Voorhees Cheerleading Team and Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Culture Club and president of Social Science Seminar.

She spent most of her professional career with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District as an elementary school teacher, staff manager and literacy facilitator, which was her position prior to retiring. She was recognized as teacher of the year at three different elementary schools and nominated for the Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Ben Craig Outstanding Educator Award.

Orr is a Silver Star member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., president of the Davidson School Alumni Association and charter member of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

She is a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves on the Care Team Ministry. Orr is married to her high school sweetheart, Lt. Col. Larry Orr, U.S. Army retired.

  • Karen Donelle Mack, a native of New York City, New York, grew up in Charleston and graduated from Voorhees College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1984. She earned a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Bowie State University in 1995.

Mack began her professional counseling career with Prince George County Public School System, where she has been employed for 22 years. She serves as a school counselor, Student Government Association coordinator and member of the leadership team at Lamont Elementary School.

She is a member of the Denmark Alumnae Chapter and Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Maryland School Counselor Association, St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she is a member of Eucharistic Ministries, and the Voorhees College Denmark Alumni Chapter.

Mack has a son, Kennedy, and a goddaughter, Eyona. She volunteers at the local Boys and Girls Club of America.

  • James Louis Weldon, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from Voorhees College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in emergency management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Brenau College in 1987.

Currently, he is a security consultant specializing in homeland security, security on college campuses and securing disaster sites.

Weldon served as the director of public safety and security at Voorhees for 12 years. He was a member of the Campus Emergency Response Team and assisted the Bamberg County Emergency Management Team.

He is a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement; Historically Black Colleges and Universities Law Enforcement Executive Administration; South Carolina Campus Law Administrators; Federal Emergency Management Agency and the South Carolina Emergency Management Association,

Weldon and his wife, Hope, have one daughter, Jared Hope Weldon.

  • Charles B. Brown, a native of Edgefield, graduated from Voorhees with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1989.

Currently, he is an assistant executive director for the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, a non-profit organization that strives to help fathers overcome barriers and become more involved with their children.

Brown is a member of Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the NAACP, National Council on Family Relations, the South Carolina Notary Public, board member of the RAM Foundation and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

In addition, he is the first vice president of the Voorhees College National Alumni Association. He also serves as president of the Voorhees College Midlands Alumni Chapter. Under his direction, that chapter has awarded Voorhees College more than $5,000 in student scholarships. The group has have also assisted with recruiting students to the institution.

Brown serves on the Human Rights Committee for the Mentor Network and the South Carolina Department of Minority Affairs African-American Advisory Committee.

He and his wife, Torchia, have two children, Thomas and Ashley.

  • The late Christine Nimmons Richberg, a native of Govan, graduated from Voorhees High School in 1947. She earned a teaching certificate in elementary education from Voorhees Junior College in 1949.

Richberg earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Claflin University in 1956 and a master’s degree in education from South Carolina State College in 1964.

She had a 40-year teaching career in Bamberg County School Districts 1 and 2. Her first teaching position was at the Union School in Bamberg. Then, after a competitive selection, she became one of the foundational teachers at the Middle Place School in Govan. Both schools at the time were one-room schools for black children but are no longer open today.

Richberg was a member of Honey Ford Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess and Vacation Bible School director for more than 20 years. Also, she was a member of the Pastor’s Aide Ministry, Missionary Ministry and Sisters Benevolence Society.

Additional community affiliations included: the South Carolina Education Association of Retired Teachers; president of the Bamberg School District 2 Retired Teachers Association; the Claflin University Alumni Association; the Eta Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.; the NAACP; and past board of directors member for the First Steps Program.

She was married to the late Rev. Charles Richberg for 49 years, and they had five children. Their three surviving children are Charles Christopher, Samuel Matthew and Gwenda Charlene. Her sons who preceded her in death were Craig L. Richberg and Brian C. Richberg.

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